Cheaper alternative to Sonos

Cheaper alternative to Sonos or Denon HEOS.

A few months ago google released the new Chromecast, A $35 media streaming stick. Actually this one looks more like a hockey puck.  But they also released an audio only streaming puck. I have messed around with the Denon HEOS link and it’s still a product in the making. I have install the Sonos products mainly Connect and connect amps. So when I started looking for an alternative or cheaper option to the Sonos connect and connect amps I stumbled across the Chromecast audio player for $35. The chromecast audio player does pretty much everything a Sonos connect will do. It will let you name the rooms or devices connected to it and let you group multiple rooms for players together for a whole house audio experience. It will stream from all of the major sources like Spotify, deezer, rapacity and tune-in. I think the only thing it won’t stream is iTunes and Amazon music.

So to help you guys out and save some money here are the following ways I have this hooked up and running.

Option one driving in ceiling speakers

I have the chromecast connected to a cheap dum amp like this Lepy Amp. This amp powers a pair of Monoprice in ceiling speakers. I just leave the amp on and I have the volume about 90% of the way up. Depending on your speakers you may find you need to mess with the EQ knobs or the volume to suit your fancy.
Lepy LP-2024A+ Hi-Fi Audio Amplifier Stereo Power Amplifier Car Amplifier with Power Supply, 3A Power, 20W x 2 RMS, Black
Monoprice 104104 8-Inch Kevlar 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair)
Monoprice 104103 6-1/2-Inch Kevlar 2-Way In-Ceiling Speaker

Option to connected to my AV receiver

My AV receiver is actually powering the living room 7.2 and kitchen in ceiling speakers. I have the chromecast connected to the CD input of my Onkyo receiver. I have a second Chromecast audio plugged into a second old denon receiver that powers the deck outdoors and dining room. I have another very similar set up in the master bedroom and bathroom.

Monoprice 104104 8-Inch Kevlar 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair)
Monoprice 104103 6-1/2-Inch Kevlar 2-Way In-Ceiling Speaker

 This is an Onkyo that work like my old Denon with 3 zones for output.

Onkyo TX-NR1030 9.2-Ch Dolby Atmos Ready Network A/V Receiver w/ HDMI 2.0

 Option three connected to a powered speaker.

In my office I have a pair of powered studio monitors connected to the computer. I have the Chromecast connected to my powered speakers.
JBL LSR305 Studio Monitor

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